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Candidate for Mitchell County Supervisor files complaint

“This is not open, fair and transparent government. The people of Mitchell County deserve so much more from their elected officials.”

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 12:37 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2018 10:48 PM

MITCHELL/WORTH CO., Iowa- At the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning, a complaint letter was presented by Al Winters addressed to Mitchell County Attorney Mark Walk.

Winters is the Republican candidate for the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors District 1.

In the letter to the Board it states that there is a possible conflict of interested between Walk and County Board of Supervisor Stan Walk based on their relationship.

Winters also addresses a conflict of interest in real-estate purchase made by Worth County Supervisor Merlin Bartz, who is also the Chairman for the Port Authority.

Bartz purchased 40 acres of land just south of the Manly Terminal for around $3,000 above the average price per acre, according the Worth County Assessor’s Office.

He also states that there are several other questions about the natural gas pipeline project that have no yet been answered.

"There's people a lot of people, not just me, with a lot of questions and they're not getting answered," he said.

The letter goes on to say, “This is not open, fair and transparent government. The people of Mitchell County deserve so much more from their elected officials.”

Mitchell County Attorney, Mark Walk, responded to the complaint saying, "I've read over the complaint and still don't know the conflict he is alleging. Just because we have different political views on TIF and debt doesn't mean there is a conflict of interest."

Mitchell County Board of Supervisor Chairperson, Stan Walk, who was also named in the complaint sat down with KIMT on Tuesday to give us his take.

"I took a glance at it, I heard what he had to say it and I was wondering what the complaint was about," Walk said. "It doesn't make any sense to me."

Walk said he is always open to taking questions from the public, but said a lot of the questions regarding the cost of the pipeline, if farms would be able to tap in, or if the project will even work, can't be answered until a fesability study has been complete.

"We have signed a contract for an $800,000 study," he said. "It'll be shovel ready and quite often the questions that they're asking have you to be determined when the study is complete."

But Winters says he wants all progress on the project to stop until the investigation is complete.

"We just need more clarity on things like this," he said.

A full copy of the letter has been added below.



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